As more details continue to surface surrounding the shooting at New York’s Irving Plaza Wednesday evening, the show’s headliners have released official statements.
The shooting, which allegedly involved rapper Troy Ave, left one man dead and the three others wounded. T.I was expected to perform following other acts like Maino and Uncle Murda. Before he took the stage, multiple gunshots were heard after a physical altercation. Ave reportedly shot himself in the leg. His friend and B$B affiliate Ronald McPhatter was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Following problematic statements by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and other critics who are managing to scold the Hip-Hop community in the wake of a tragedy, Maino spoke about his friendship with Ave on Instagram. Shortly after the shooting, rumors swirled the altercation was between the two collaborators. Maino posted a photo with the rapper and denied any involvement in the shooting.
T.I also released a statement on social media calling for peace and prayers to McPhatter’s family.
Meanwhile, Ave was arrested after he was treated for his bullet wound. The 30-year-old was charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after video surveillance showed him firing a gun.